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23andMe Girl Geek Dinner – October 2nd in Mountain View

Girl Geek X 23andMe Dinner

23andMe is excited to host our very first Girl Geek Dinner on Tuesday, October 2 at our headquarters in Mountain View! Join us for an evening of lightning talks from 23andMe scientists and software engineers.

Learn how 23andMe uses genetics to predict disease risk and ancestry, how to manage a team that loves what they do, and how 23andMe builds scaleable big data clusters. 23andMe CEO and Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki will be giving a keynote.

All ages & genders are welcome!


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in, Dinner & Drinks, Networking
7:00pm – 8:15pm: Lightening Talks + Kit Raffle
8:15pm – 8:45pm: More Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Anne WojcickiAnne Wojcicki, CEO & Co-Founder, 23andMe

Anne co-founded 23andMe in 2006 after a decade spent in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Her hope was to empower consumers with access to their own genetic information and to create a way to generate more personalized information so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. Presently, 23andMe has built one of the world’s largest databases of individual genetic information. Its novel, web-based research approach allows for the rapid recruitment of participants to many genome-wide association studies at once, reducing the time and money needed to make new discoveries, and the company has created a proven and standardized resource for finding new genetic association and confirming genetic loci discovered by others. Under Anne’s leadership 23andMe has made significant advances in bringing personalized medicine directly to the public. Anne graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Biology. Getting access to and understanding her own genetic information had always been one of her ambitions.

Anne is the keynote speaker at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Carrie NorthoverCarrie Northover, Director, Research Services, 23andMe
Carrie joined 23andMe in 2013 and leads the Project Management group within the Research team. The group is responsible for management of 23andMe’s large scale research projects. Prior to 23andMe, Carrie held IP licensing and contracting positions at UCSF and Genentech. Carrie earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. In her free time, Carrie enjoys practicing yoga and backpacking, sometimes at the same time!

Carrie will be giving an introduction to the business model at 23andMe.

Janie SheltonJanie Shelton, Scientist II, 23andMe
Janie is a scientist in the Data Collection team in research at 23andMe. The data collection team develops the rich phenotypic database which complements the genetic data on 23andMe research participants. These phenotypes are used to drive research into novel genetic discoveries, recruit research participants into studies which may help understand or cure a disease, or produce a new product to help understand the genome. Janie’s role is at the intersection of epidemiology, biostatistics, and survey methodology. Starting with a research question, Janie and her team figure out how to design the study, draft the questionnaire, and analyze the data. She works on a wide range of projects, with a significant focus on how our research can help people with and at risk of Parkinson’s disease. Janie holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from UC Davis, and a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from USC. Prior to this role she worked in Vienna, Austria for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime on national studies of substance abuse. When she isn’t collecting all the phenotypes, she can be found playing with her almost-2 year old daughter, riding bikes with her husband, or doing a Barre3 class.

Janie will be talking about data collection at 23andMe.

Alisa LehmanAlisa Lehman, Manager, Sr. Product Scientist, 23andMe
Alisa is a senior product scientist and has been working at 23andMe since 2015. Her team works to create scientifically accurate, consumer friendly genetic reports on traits and wellness topics. When she’s not geeking out to wacky science stories, Alisa spends a good chunk of her time cooking, backpacking, and playing board games. Alisa holds a B.S. in Biology from MIT and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

Alisa will be speaking about working with engineering to make genetic reports at 23andMe.

Shirley WuShirley Wu, Director, Product Science, 23andMe
Shirley leads Product Science at 23andMe, the team responsible for developing scientifically valid, user-friendly, and innovative health features to help people better understand and benefit from their genetic information. Over the last 8 years, Shirley has built a high performing, resilient, and more or less autonomous team – borne out during her recent 4-month maternity leave. Shirley studied Computational Biology at Brown University and earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford. Previously a competitive Ultimate Frisbee player, you’re now more likely to find her running around after her kids, baking a mean olallieberry pie, or singing with the 23andMe Chromotones. Follow Shirley on Twitter at @shwu.

Shirley will be speaking about building a team that gets things done and loves what they do at 23andMe.

Kimberly McManusKimberly McManus, Computational Biologist, 23andMe
Kimberly joined 23andMe in 2017 and works to develop new methods and features for customers to learn about their ancestry on various timescales. Prior to 23andMe, she was a Software Engineer working on Machine Learning at LinkedIn. Kimberly holds a B.S. from MIT, as well as a Ph.D. in Biology and M.S. in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University, where she studied demography and selection in diverse populations of humans and other great apes. Follow Kimberly on Twitter at @kim07mcm.

Kimberly will be speaking about predicting ancestry from genetic data at 23andMe.

Altovise EwingAltovise Ewing, Medical Science Liaison, Genetic Counselor, 23andMe
Altovise is a first generation college grad who, in 2005, earned her B.A. in Biology from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She then joined Teach for America and taught middle school science for two years. Following her passion, she pursued a path that combined health, genetics and society, and earned her Ph.D. in Genetics and Human Genetics with a specialization in Genetic Counseling, at Howard University in 2011. During her training, she spent time at the NIH with the Human Genome Research Institute and the National Cancer Institute. She also had the privilege of providing genetic counseling services to patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Altovise did a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. Her scholarship focused on inclusion of diverse patient populations in cancer genetics research and development of ethically sound strategies to address health inequities. She has presented her research at national conferences and published in medical journals and popular magazines. Follow Altovise on Twitter at @the_social_scientist.

Sarah LaskeySarah Laskey, Scientist, Health R&D, 23andMe
Sarah joined 23andMe in the summer of 2016. She works on the Health R&D team, using the 23andMe database to power new genetic discoveries and product features for 23andMe customers. In addition to data science, Sarah loves books, running, immunology, education, baseball, and the color green. Sarah holds a B.S. in Biological Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Sarah will be speaking about using genetics to predict disease risk at 23andMe.

Xiaoxiao WangXiaoxiao Wang, Senior Software Engineer, 23andMe
Xiaoxiao is a Senior Software Engineer on 23andMe’s big data platform team. She helps build scalable big data clusters that provide reliable access to data for other engineering and research teams at 23andMe. Her team’s primary focus is to deliver a high performance system that will allow for faster and more efficient data analysis. Xiaoxiao has been working on big data problems since she graduated from Northeastern University in 2012.

Xiaoxiao will be speaking about building highly scalable and reliable big data clusters at 23andMe.

Olga SazonovaOlga Sazonova, Product Scientist II, 23andMe
Olga is a Product Scientist at 23andMe where she builds predictive models to inform and delight 23andMe customers. Olga’s academic background is in Biomedical Engineering and she spent 7 years at the bench before transitioning to a computational scientist during a post-doc at Stanford. Prior to 23andMe, Olga worked at Onyx Pharmaceuticals searching for genomic biomarkers for drug efficacy in multiple myeloma. Apart from her work as a scientist, Olga is a mother of two children and serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the Children’s Center of the Stanford Community, one of the largest cooperative childcare centers in the nation.

Olga will be speaking about how it ain’t all about your genes – the intersection of genetics and environment – at 2andMe.

Patricia PentonPatricia Penton, Software Engineer, 23andMe

Patricia works on the user authentication team at 23andMe. She loves using the power of programming to automate repetitive tasks. Prior to joining 23andMe, Patricia was a microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and she studied molecular biology at the University of Cincinnati. Before becoming a microbiologist, Patricia was a community organizer for a political nonprofit group. She worked on (and won!) several local, state, and federal elections throughout the Midwest. In her free time, Patricia enjoys Olympic weightlifting, reading historical nonfiction about the Kennedys, and rooting for Houston athletes José Altuve & JJ Watt. Follow Patricia on Twitter at @pkpenton.

Patricia is the emcee at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

About 23andMe:

23andMe, Inc. is the leading consumer genetics and research company. Founded in 2006, the mission of the company is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. The company was named by MIT Technology Review in its “50 Smartest Companies, 2017” list, and featured as Fast Company’s #2 Most Innovative Health Company in 2018. 23andMe has millions of customers worldwide, with more than 80 percent of customers consented to participate in research. 23andMe, Inc. is located in Mountain View, CA.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X Branch Dinner – September 25th in Redwood City

Girl Geek X Branch Dinner

Branch is excited to host a Girl Geek Dinner at our home in Redwood City on Tuesday, September 25th!

Hear from our leadership team on random paths to success, how to recognize failures as progress and leveraging learning opportunities. All ages & genders are welcome!


6:00pm – 6:30pm: Check in, food & drinks, networking!
6:30pm – 7:15pm: Welcome & lightning talks!
7:15pm – 7:30pm: Q&A with panel
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Zeesha CurrimboyZeesha Currimboy, Director of Product Engineering, Branch
Zeesha loves building great teams and empowering them to build amazing products that solves a tangible need in the world. From running Augmented intelligence at Evernote, to search and discovery at Branch she gets closer to her innate desire to use technology to make the world a better place. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her two adorable kids and husband.

Deepikaa SubramaniumDeepikaa Subramanium, Senior Software Engineer, Branch
Deepikaa is a Senior Software Engineer in the Product Backend team at Branch. The product backend team is responsible for handling some of the core functionalities that involves streaming partner events, attribution and storing data. It also handles transformation and publishing the event data to various internal applications within Branch for data consumption that meets partners requirement. Prior to Branch, she worked at Citrix Systems. She holds a MS degree in Computer Engineering from University of Florida at Gainesville.

Mada SegheteMada Seghete, Co-Founder & Head of Marketing, Branch
Mada leads marketing as a co-founder of Branch, the mobile growth platform for today’s top companies, powering mobile linking and growth for over 30,000 apps and 2 billion monthly users around the world. Born and raised in Romania, Mada came to the US to study Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, and then earned her Masters of Engineering and MBA from Stanford. Mada enjoys playing the latest viral mobile game, binge watching the hottest sci-fi show, and photographing Branch events. Mada regularly speaks about mobile growth at top tech events like Websummit and Saastr, and she was included in Linkedin’s Next Wave, 150 top professionals in 15 industries all under 35.

Cathleen HartgeCathleen Hartge, Head of Legal, Branch
Cathleen is the Head of Legal at Branch, where she leads a growing team focused on all things commercial, privacy, transactional, and whatever else comes up in Branch’s legal day-to-day. Before joining Branch, she was an attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where she represented tech companies in complex litigation. When she’s not at work, she’s training for and playing Ultimate Frisbee – a sport in which she’s competed regionally, nationally, and on the world stage. Cathleen holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins, a master’s degree from Sciences-Po Paris, and a J.D. from Stanford.

Ann MassoudAnn Massoud, Strategic Partner Growth, Branch
Born and raised on the beautiful San Diego coast, Ann moved to the Bay Area for school and has never looked back. She’s passionate about helping innovative start ups increase revenue through meaningful partnerships. When she’s not in the office, Ann is likely following tech/real estate trends, trying new fitness classes, traveling, or indulging in a good pizza.

About Branch:

Branch provides the most complete deep linking solution for brands to create optimized mobile user experiences that drive app growth and conversions, as well as user engagement and retention. With Branch, app content becomes searchable, discoverable, shareable, and easily integrated into core marketing channels like email, SEO, social media, and paid ads. Branch’s powerful deep linking technology automatically incorporates the most valuable user experience, the native app, across all traditional marketing campaigns.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets will be available on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X Volvo Dinner – September 20th in Mountain View

Girl Geek X Volvo Dinner

Join us for an exciting Girl Geek Dinner at Volvo on Thursday, September 20th in Mountain View, California!

Learn from women in Volvo Car Technology USA’s Silicon Valley R&D office as they discuss their impact on transforming a traditional car company into a technology company that happens to build cars. Volvo has put a stake in the ground, distinguishing itself within the ever-competitive automotive industry – it’s near-term roadmap addresses everything from eliminating vehicle fatalities to manufacturing purely electric vehicles.


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in, socialize, demos & mingle over dinner
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Talk: “It’s the tech that drives us; Volvo’s Tech Team talks about what’s ticking under the hood.”
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Continue to mingle while indulging in the Swedish tradition of Fika

Speaker Bios:

Tasneem ManjraTasneem Manjra, Head of Network Development, Volvo Tech Fund
Tasneem is currently Head of Network Development for the Volvo Tech Fund, where she will lead marketing and strategy initiatives geared at increasing the visibility of the fund amongst startups and VCs. Prior to this, Tasneem spent the greater part of 15 years developing and executing marketing plans for startups and Fortune 500s. Most recently she was head of marketing at Poynt, where she executed partner marketing with leading financial institutions worldwide, as well as led PR and communications; simultaneously, she developed product firsts in her role as product lead for all things merchant experience and insights. A Los Angeles native, Tasneem benefitted from clean air, free health care, and poutine in Canada, where she completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto; she also holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Sohini RoyChowdhurySohini RoyChowdhury, Senior Research Lead, Volvo
Sohini is a Senior Research Lead and Machine Learning/AI expert for R&D at Volvo Cars. Sohini focuses on the development of novel algorithms for AD/ADAS systems, optimal utilization of the vehicle sensor suite, and is mentoring several collaborative research projects with universities. Prior to this she was an Assistant Professor at University of Washington. She received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Minnesota in 2014 with a specialty in computer vision, image processing, pattern recognition, machine learning, and AI system design. Sohini has 45+ peer-reviewed, published, articles including IEEE Journal cover articles, and several Best Educator and Mentorship awards (2015-2017).

Heather BrunoHeather Bruno, Senior Manager, Digital Business Development, Volvo
Heather is a Senior Manager of Digital Business Development for the Consumer Enterprise Digital Group at Volvo Cars. She’s been labeled an ‘athletic geek of technology’ and has 15+ years of driving business partnerships across multiple industries. Her greatest successes have been within the Product Development realm where she’s shepherded over 60 startups from innovation/concept to market launch. Her industry expertise includes Consumer Electronics, Software Development, Industrial Design & Engineering, User Experience Design & Development, and Manufacturing. In her free time, Heather enjoys exploring that next adrenaline rush, driving her S90, playing beach volleyball, and traveling to remote destinations.

Sharon LaiSharon Lai, Intellectual Property Counsel, Volvo
Sharon is Intellectual Property Counsel for the Americas at Volvo Cars. She works at the intersection of business, law and science. In her role, she works closely with engineering, business, and intellectual property teams to protect, license, develop, and monetize intellectual property. She left a career in traditional law firms to join Volvo because she was inspired by the company’s focus and dedication to safety – after all, Volvo was the company that shared their patented three-point harness system (used in every car today). Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a JD/MBA from Syracuse University. One of her favorite early career memories was initiating a microcredit loan program in a drought-stricken area south of the Sahara desert in her capacity as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Brandyn JutovskyBrandyn Jutovsky, Project Manager, Concept Vehicles, Volvo
Brandyn is a Project Manager within the Volvo Design and Concept Center at Volvo Cars in Los Angeles. Her division is focusing on the next generation of vehicles; in a world where you are no longer driving, there are endless opportunities for in-cabin technology and interaction innovations. In order to push the boundaries of vehicle design and technology innovation, concept work is incorporating both the LA Design Studio and the Mountain View Technology Office. Prior to this role, she worked for the CEO of Volvo Car North America in business development and strategy, driving governance materials such as the long-term Business Plan and Board of Directors reviews. She graduated from the UCLA School of Engineering in 2014 with a double major in Computer Science and Economics. Outside of the office, Brandyn can be found in a yoga studio working towards her yoga teacher certification.

About Volvo:

Volvo has put a stake in the ground across ecology, safety, and innovation – it’s near-term roadmap addresses everything from eliminating vehicle fatalities to manufacturing only-electric vehicles. Learn from Volvo’s Silicon Valley R&D team, including autonomous driving leads, legal counsel, product, design, tech VC, and HR, as they talk about the car industry trends and how that has impacted all elements of their business.

Getting There:

Parking is available in the lot behind the Volvo building in Mountain View.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X Sumo Logic Dinner – September 10th in Redwood City

Girl Geek X Sumo Logic Dinner

Join us for an exciting Girl Geek Dinner at Sumo Logic on Monday, September 10th in Redwood City, California!

You are invited for dinner, drinks and networking with the Sumo Logic girl geeks leading a discussion on actively listening to customers and creating a culture of service.

Throughout a product lifecycle, even in a cloud company, you have to be listening to your customers. The Sumo team has developed some simple ways to get some big wins!


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in, Dinner & Drinks, Networking!
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Talks, Followed by Q&A!
8:00pm – 9:00pm: More Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Riya SinghRiya Singh, Senior Software Engineer & Team Lead, Sumo Logic
Riya is a Senior Software Engineer and Team Lead of the Data Engine team at Sumo Logic. The Data Engine team is responsible for some of the core functionality that powers real-time streaming applications at Sumo, for example – dashboards, livetail and alerting. Prior to Sumo, she worked at Mathworks in Boston. She holds a MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Stacy KornluebkeStacy Kornluebke, Manager, Training & Documentation, Sumo Logic
Stacy is the Manager of Training and Documentation at Sumo Logic, ensuring the growth and quality of the Customer Learning Experience at Sumo Logic. Prior to Sumo Logic, Stacy ran a Cloud documentation shared service at Cisco, ensuring that several groups had the Cloud writers necessary to their success. Stacy has a passion for engaging users in the ways that they learn most effectively and also for traveling whenever she can with her three sons.

Jen BrownJen Brown, Compliance & Data Protection Officer, Sumo Logic
Jen is Sumo Logic’s compliance and data protection officer and is responsible for leading compliance, risk and privacy efforts for the company, including GDPR, PCI DSS, ISO 27001, HIPAA, SOC2 and FedRAMP, as well as several other regulations. Prior to Sumo Logic, Jen worked as a consultant, external auditor and internal resource for both small and large organizations including Oracle, VMware and FishNet Security. Jen brings over 20 years of experience in IT security and compliance to Sumo Logic and she previously held her QSA, a designation for external PCI Auditors, and is a certified Lead Auditor for ISO 27001.

Bret ScofieldBret Scofield, UX Research Team Lead, Sumo Logic
Bret leads the UX research team at Sumo Logic. She enjoys the occasional run and being the contrarian for all food preferences.

About Sumo Logic:

Sumo Logic’s Continuous Intelligence platform immediately transforms Machine Data into Intelligence. Sumo’s cloud native Log, Event and Metrics Mgmt Service helps customers achieve unprecedented application and operational efficiencies, stronger security intelligence and analytics capabilities and more streamlined compliance with regulatory mandates by providing real-time actionable insights.

Founded in 2010 by experts in log management, scalable systems, Big Data and security, Sumo Logic is backed by Greylock, Sutter Hill Ventures, Accel, Sequoia, DFJ, IVP, etc. our mission is to Democratize Machine Data and enable our customers and the ecosystem to leverage our leading Machine Data Analytics platform to more effectively Build, Run and Secure Modern Applications/Infrastructure.

Getting There:

The Redwood City Caltrain station is about a 10 minute walk from Sumo Logic.

For those driving, there are plenty of parking in the lot around the building, as well as street parking.

You do need to enter through the main entrance to sign in. The Sumo Logic team will be in the lobby to greet everyone.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X AppLovin Dinner – September 5th in San Francisco

Girl Geek X AppLovin Dinner

Join us for a Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, September 5th (6pm-9pm) in San Francisco at the AppLovin office!

AppLovin girl geeks will be hosting an evening of networking, food & drinks, and discussions on investing in what matters and embracing change to build lasting systems. All ages & genders welcome.

Get your ticket now!


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in, Food & Drinks, Networking!
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Discussions with AppLovin Girl Geeks!
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Dessert & More Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Katie JansenKatie Jansen, Chief Marketing Officer, AppLovin
Katie is Chief Marketing Officer at AppLovin. She is an advocate for workplace equality, serving as marketing adviser to organizations focused on women in tech and mentoring other women in the field. Business Insider has named Katie one of the most powerful women in mobile advertising.

Alice GuillaumeAlice Guillaume, Director of Marketing, AppLovin
Alice is Director of Marketing at AppLovin. Alice started at the company in 2014 and has helped the company build out a strong growth team in China and build/scale out a powerhouse design and game development team.

Helen WuHelen Wu, Director of Growth Partnerships, AppLovin
Helen is Director of Growth Partnerships at AppLovin. Since starting as one of the first business team hires in 2013, Helen has grown and trained a global team that is responsible for helping AppLovin’s customers achieve their performance goals.

Anusha RameshAnusha Ramesh, Principal Software Engineer, AppLovin
Anusha is a principal software engineer at AppLovin. She works with the rest of the platform team to analyze and optimize how services run in order to continuously scale and grow.

Sonal GuptaSonal Gupta, Principal Software Engineer, AppLovin
Sonal is a principal software engineer at AppLovin. She is responsible for the design and architecture of a back-end that handles billions of requests per day as well as creating high-availability, low-latency systems that are distributed across multiple data centers.

Swetha AnbarasanSwetha Anbarasan, Network Engineer, AppLovin
Swetha is a network engineer at AppLovin. She manages AppLovin’s network infrastructure from configuration to troubleshooting. Swetha is also engaged in capacity planning and has automated various network processes.

Laura PfisterLaura Pfister, Software Engineer, AppLovin
Laura is a software engineer at AppLovin. She works to implement, test, and monitor new functionalities and optimization features on the ad server.

About AppLovin:

AppLovin offers a comprehensive platform that gives app developers of all sizes the ability to market, grow, and even finance their businesses. We provide the expertise and insights you need to connect with your ideal consumers and break through the noise – all in one place.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.